Great Georgian Houses of America, Volume I
by the Architects' Emergency Committee

Great Georgian Houses of America, Vol. I (Dover Publications)

Unabridged, unaltered Dover (1970) republication of the original (1933) edition. Foreword by R. T. H. Halsey. 246 plates. 264 pp. 9.375 x 12.25 inches. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-22491-0. (See also Volume II.)

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The Georgian era — defined broadly as indicating “the various phases of style that fall within the reigns of the four Georges and the intervening Regency” (1714-1830) — is an extraordinarily rich period in the development of American domestic architecture. Encompassing a wide variety of styles, tastes and local innovations, this era witnessed the construction of hundreds of America's most beautiful homes. The architectural graces of 77 of these homes are shown in the 478 plates (illustrating façades, floor plans, interiors and decorative details) in these two unique volumes. Compiled by an editorial committee of outstanding authorities on American Architecture (including John Mead Howells, R. T. H. Halsey and Fiske Kimball), this is an invaluable work in all areas involving the study of American architecture.

All the characteristics of major styles in New England, New York and New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the South are shown, as well as more isolated developments peculiar to such localities as the Hudson Valley, the Pennsylvania Dutch country, the Connecticut Valley and Rhode Island, and such cities as Charleston, Philadelphia, Portsmouth and Annapolis. The houses covered include the Hermitage in Savannah; Mount Airy, Washington's Mount Vernon and Jefferson's Monticello, all in Virginia; the Matthias Hammond House in Annapolis, “the most beautiful town house in America”; Stuart Mansion in Charleston; Hyde Hall in Cooperstown, New York; the White House in Washington; and other houses in such divergent localities as Ohio, Louisiana, Delaware, Mississippi and Maine.

Thorough introductory essays by Halsey (Volume I) and Kimball (Volume II) discuss the position of architecture in early American culture, the major architects and their work, and the development of the various regional styles that characterize the period. The astonishing variety of styles displays the intense creativity and exemplary virtuosity that flourished among American architects of this era, and the photographs and exquisitely executed illustrations in these volumes help us to see (in the words of Fiske Kimball) “how vastly widened had been the scope of design, how many localities, now first achieving their prosperity, created their own local traditions and characteristic styles.”

Cover design by Edmund V. Gillon.

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